Rev's Ramblings – Out on the town with Tom Matthews

If you were in Oswestry last Wednesday, you are forgiven if you thought a boy band were in town. What, with Tom Matthews, Brian Jones and me out and about, it’s an easy mistake to make. However, we weren’t there to plug our latest release, but rather to promote TNS, as part of the ongoing Town Town project.

On the town with Tom
On the town with Tom

If you’re a regular reader of Rev’s Ramblings then you will know that I venture into Croesoswallt – the Welsh name for Oswestry – ahead of home games, armed with posters and a spirit of engagement. Shops and businesses display one and then we post the photographs on social media.

Both the club and the business get publicity, although let me stress that it isn’t based on a ‘we do this for you, if you do this for us’ basis. As well as promotion, it’s also about relationship-building and taking TNS into the community.

With Ross at Hartey Wealth Management
With Ross at Hartey Wealth Management

I enjoy my solo trips into the town, but it was great to take Tom along. It’s the first time we’ve had a player out and about with us, but certainly not the last, as I’ve got plans for the future. So squad, watch out.

At Twelve Green Bottlles, look out for the board at Park Hall
At Twelve Green Bottlles, look out for the board at Park Hall

If Tom was the icing on the cake, then Brian Jones was the eggs that bring it all together. You can view his contribution, courtesy of the accompanying photographs. TNS is very fortunate to have Brian, who is the official photographer.

You can certainly tell when it’s either Gil Woolley or me, for example, posting photographs on the TNS social media accounts, via our respective phone or iPad, compared to Brian’s extremely professional creations.

With Al Sharpie at Oswestry indoor market
With Al Sharpie at Oswestry indoor market

The Town Tour went very well and we caused a buzz in every single place that we visited. It’s not often a professional footballer turns up unannounced. Tom was really well received, and Brian captured the moments perfectly, as he signed shirts and posed for photographs.

With David, the manager at Oswestry market
With David, the manager at Oswestry market

Of course, if you listen to TNS Radio, then you’ll know Tom is also quite a regular on air with us at the moment. Since picking up an injury at Airbus UK Broughton on loan, he’s been joining Sam Thomas and me. It’s been going really well and we’ll be back on air this coming Saturday (October 15) from 4.45 pm, as Llandudno visit Park Hall.

Tom at Oswestry's Liberty Travel
Tom at Oswestry’s Liberty Travel

Talking of Sam, if you tuned-in to Radio Cymru last Saturday morning then you will heard him, in Welsh, talking about TNS. What, with Tom and Sam, I’m looking over my media shoulder. If you know of any openings, let me know. I need a plan b I think.

The drinks are on Tom at Shlurp!
The drinks are on Tom at Shlurp!

Joking aside, next week’s Rev’s Ramblings will be a Forfar special. Following the trip to Scotland, there’s plenty of material – and photographs – for an article of its own. So, as they say, watch this space.

Stewart Bloor
stewart.bloor@tnsfc.co.uk